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about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> all right. back to the campaign trail today for president obama and republican challenger mitt romney after they locked horns in their first face-to-face debate. they made their cases on a wide range of domestic issues in colorado. >> bigad shaban has highlights now from denver. >>> reporter: the first presidential debate started with a handshake and a romantic moment. >> 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine here with me. >> reporter: the theme of the debate for president obama appeared to be that romney's plans lacked specifics. >> is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans secret because it's too good? >> reporter: governor romney spent the night attacking his record. >> we still have deficit. >> reporter: mitt romney came into the debate trailing in the polls but that could change after last night's performance. >> anytime a challenger stands on the s
presidential debate of this campaign is tomorrow in denver. how mitt romney and president barack obama are preparing as they count down the hours to tomorrow night. 90 minutes of drama should we say? >> can you imagine being a fly on the wall, listening to the prep and what they're going through, he says this, you say this, stand like that, talk like this. the prep must be fascinating behind the scenes. >> i would love to hear the commentary as they're looking at their opponents in previous debates, just the things they would say about them. >> political theater in full effect tomorrow night. >>> also, folks, a health concern near and dear to our insomniac viewers, this is for sure, we'll bring you new and pretty eye-opening research into teens who are sleep deprived. something we can relate to, especially coming off a little mini weekend vacation. >> basically anything positive out of sleep deprivation. >> the news is never good for our life expectancy on the shift. >>> this is actually kind of good, though. "extreme eats," ordinary foods with an extreme edge. i will introduce you to
efforts to maintain a safe climate. >>> president obama rallied 12,000 supporters at a park in debver. -- in denver. he accused mitt romney of misleading voters and joked it wasn't the real mitt romney on stage with him last night. mitt romney made a surprise appearance at a meeting in denver. his sons introduced him. mitt romney referred to trickle down government and said he doesn't think that is something the american people believe in. twitter says last night's debate was the most tweeted about event in twitter's history. mitt romney was the clear winner according to twitter. they found 47,000 tweets with the word romney in there, versus 30,000 referring to president obama. in 30 minutes, what a lot of people are talking about, mitt romney's comment about cutting funding for pbs. a local station tells us how the viewers are responding. >>> fbi investigating the death of u.s. ambassador chris stevens, spent 12 hours at the scene of the attack. u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others were killed one month ago. attorney general eric holder said the probe has been ongoing and i
in the presidential debates in this election cycle between president barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy league degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings debate style between the
-energized mitt romney. he is at a rally with his running mate paul ryan. president obama's campaign event is getting underway right now. you're seeing live pictures there in denver. expect the president to start speaking in a minute as soon as he starts, of course, we'll bring that to you. jessica yellin is at that event as well, and jessica, we've heard a lot of spin. we've heard it late last night. we've heard it early into the morning. is there a point where the surrogates, the supporters who you are talking to acknowledged that the president needs to do better, he needs to move on, he needs to make up for what happened last night? >> no one is officially with the campaign will say that, suzanne. i am talking to democrats who definitely are agreeing with that, and i'm sure you are. they're arg urg that mitt romney was not really truthful, and i think we'll see in the coming days and weeks that the campaign will take on some of the claims that went unanswered last night by the president, but it doesn't resolve the question why didn't the president answer that himself in the debate. i th
unemployment has surprised most analysts. both barack obama and mitt romney were quick to seize on the numbers. here is our north america editor. >> snow in downtown denver slow down the rush hour, that millions of americans have no need form morning haste -- no need for morning haze. how to create more jobs has been central for this election. unemployment rose after barack obama became president, peaking at just over 10%. today's figure is the first time it has been under 8% for 44 months. >> this morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. [applause] >> the good news comes at the end of a bad week for the president where he was widely derided for a lackluster debate performance. now some feel he is back. >> we have made to much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i cannot allow that to happen. i will not allow that to happen. that is why i am running for a second term as president of the united states. >> blaming unemployment on the president has been central to the case of republicans. >> unde
says he's going to be tougher on that country than president obama has. is that something that the aflcio would like to see happen? >> who's asking the question? >> john harwood. >> oh. >> he's on the ground in denver, richard. >> oh, hi, john. how's denver? >> good. how you doing? >> this president, president obama's done a much better job in enforcing the trade laws than we've ever seen before. he's pushed china. he just won three cases. he won a case on pipe to put thousands of people back to work. he won a case of tires that put people back to work. and he just filed one on auto parts. look, mitt romney's talk is cheap. he'll go back to this -- he's working on currency. we're all working on currency. mitt romney will go back to the same paradigm that we had before. signing agreements that are good for wall street but not good for main street. >> even though this tax increase that we're about to see is going to increase taxes for anybody making more than $250,000. >> which tax increases you talking about? >> the fiscal cliff issue as we see the tax cuts expire at year e
. >>> ahead, chuck todd will join us from the debate site in denver. coming up, senior adviser to the obama campaign, david axelrod. and in a few minutes, senior adviser to the romney campaign, ed gillespie. keep it right here on "morning joe." [ "human" by the human league playing ] humans. we mean well, but we're imperfect creatures living in a beautifully imperfect world. it's amazing we've made it this far. maybe it's because when one of us messes up, someone else comes along to help out. that's the thing about humans. when things are at their worst, we're at our best. see how at libertymutual.com. liberty mutual insurance -- responsibility. what's your policy? ♪ >>> i don't know what he was doing out there. he had his head down. he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. romney, on the other hand, came in with a campaign. he had a plan. he was going to dominate the time. he was going to be aggressive. he was going to push the moderator around, which he did effectively. he was going to relish the evening, enjoying it. the latest thing we got from romney, because he said so, y
conversations] you're live in denver for the first presidential debate of 2012. between president obama and mitt romney. held at the university of denver. there are no opening statements, we're ready to here moderator introduce the candidates and ask the first question. >> moderator: i remember good evening. [laughter] [inaudible] [inaudible conversations] >> okay. they lag. it is two minutes. they are just testing us. they are just testing us. [inaudible conversations] >> moderator:..it. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> moderator: 30 seconds, folks. let's have a terrific evening for all of you. good evening from the madness arena at the university of colorado. im jim lehrer of the pbs "newshour." i welcome you to the 2012 debates between barack obama, the democratic nominee and former massachusetts governor, mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate in the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues that will follow a format designed by the commission.
people saw in denver on wednesday night, a sort of, it seemed uncharacteristic president obama. he was very passive. we saw a very different president obama on the trail yesterday. listen to what he said at one of his rallies in wisconsin. >> when i got on the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney. because the real mitt romney's been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. and yet, the fellow on the stage last night, who looked like mitt romney, said he did not know anything about that. >> now, i will tell you, zoraida, covering the president, this is the president that i'm used to seeing on the trail. this was a rally in wisconsin that had tens of thousands of people there. the problem for president obama is this wasn't what we saw on wednesday night. more than 67 million people saw that debate. i can guarantee you, not anywhere near that saw his comments from yesterday. >> no. you know what also, when he says that, you know, that wasn't the r
% for president obama in a survey of californians. 18% felt there was no clear winner. last night's debate focused on the economy and other domestic issues. and, of course, that debate took place in denver in colorado. colorado is a swing state. different surveys show mitt romney is the winner of the first debate. there are two more presidential debates coming up. bigad shaban has highlights. >> reporter: good morning. it seems like mitt romney got the boost he was hoping for after putting the president on the defensive for much of the night. romney touted his own accomplishments as governor of massachusetts but continually pointed to what he called the failed promises of the obama administration. >> reporter: the first presidential debate started with a handshake and a romantic moment. >> 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine here with me. >> reporter: the theme of the debate for president obama appeared to be that romney'
combat last night in denver. >> republican mitt romney and president barack obama traded shots on the economy, the deficit, taxes, job creation and medicare during the first presidential depate. and this morning we could be waking up to a changed race for the white house. sarah simmons is here with a look back at some of the biggest moments last night. sarah, good morning. >>reporter: good morning to you both. well, some snap polls overnight show mitt romney coming out of the debate on top. a cnn survey of people watching even had him winning by a more than 40-point margin, at the very least the former governor may have made the race much more competitive, but the question is will it last. you can argue that just by walking out on this stage mitt romney got a boost, appearing alongside the president, but while they warmly shook hands, romney was on the offensive. >> mr. president, you're entitled as a president to your own airplane and own house but not your own facts. >>reporter: despite that and despite the buildup, this was not the night full of zingers that many pundits h
rather than fight. >> it looked like romney wanted to be there, president obama didn't want to be there. >> reporter: some blamed denver's high elevation for his performance. >> when you go to 5,000 feet, and you have a few hours to adjust. >> that's interesting. >> i don't know. >> the president spent much time looking down at his podium take notes. and squandered easy opportunities to go after romney. such as this moment. >> i like pbs. i like big bird. i like you too. but i am not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from chon ina to p for it. a wide opening. the president took more than 14 hours to come up with a come? back. >> thank goodness, somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it is about time. >> reporter: many top democrats suggest one of the problems may be one common to incumbents, the president has lived in a bubble, rarely challenged. the obama campaign acknowledged they will conduct a reassessment before the next debate. jake tapper, abc news, traveling with the president in madison, wisconsin. >> such a fascinating point, so true if you thin
>> this is a fox news special presentation. >> that evening from the university of denver. i amhepard smith. just moments from now, we expect president obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, to take the stage for the first of three presidential debates. both candidates have spent most the cameras to prepare for tonight's debate. for governor romney, he has logged plenty of debate time during the gop primaries but he has not gone head-to-head the presidency untillnow. tonight's face-off will focus on domessic policy, including health care, the role of governments, and the number one issue on voters' minds, the economy. you can expect both candidates to have a say on the 8.1% of the unemployment rate and the national debt. keep in mind with early voting under way in 10 states already, many americans have already cast their ballots. still governor romney and presideet obama have plenty of opportunity to hurt or help their campaign in the next nine minutes. no cheering, no. now, the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. >> good evening from maaness arena at the university of d
of denver, i'm jim lehrer, thank you and good night. >> that's the end of the first >> that's the end of the first presidential debate between governor romney of massachusetts and president obama. you see both men being greeted by their wives on stage. even this portion of the debate is negotiated ahead of time by the campaigns in terms of which members of their family will be joining them on stage. this is, these these are negotiated down to this level of detail. in terms of how the overall debate unfolded, i personally do not know who won this debate. i do feel that we saw this debate format die a very painful death on camera tonight. the contrast between the candidates was stylistic as much as substantive. president obama i think calm and basically explanatory tonight. governor romney, more hyper, and i don't mean that in a negative way, just sort of more amped, more assertive. and that manifests in a way that the debate format was just dismantled. the format and i think the moderator, with all due respect to mr. lehrer dismantled. this is one of those debates, you could predict th
the candidates are back on the campaign trail today. president obama starts out where he left off in denver then he heads to madison wisconsin. joe biden is in iowa and mitt romney is in virginia. but who wants to talk about all of that when what you really want to talk about is the debates. a lot of claims thrown around last night. we're going to do some fact checking for you this morning. but first let's start out with a bit of a recap. of the debate was moderated by mitt romney. oh wait, we mean jim lehrer who i think it is safe to say did worse than expected. the president did not perform up to his usual standards and mitt romney came out swinging taking a very offensive approach against the president as well as jim lehrer, big barned the entire pbs crew. the debate focus around the economy as we knew it would and the candidates traded jabs over tax policies for the middle class. >> romney: under the president's policies middle income americans have been buried. they've been crushed. i will not under any circ
about the rallies today. president obama will be live about noon in denver. c-span will carry that rally live. mitt romney and paul ryan will be together in virginia. that will be at 6:45 p.m. eastern time. that will be live. all the other debates, c-span will carry with our pre-game and post-game. if you watched last night, you could call and afterwards and have a chat. we also have our debates hub where you can go, c-span.org. you can watch last night's debate. full coverage of all the presidential debates and the vice presidential debate. we offer debate of each debate question and the candidates' answers by topic. live streams of the sites and scenes before the debate. we have cameras outside and cameras in the spin room. it is kind of a dashboard of cameras so you can pick what you want to watch. use the hashtag cspan2012. you can see all the tweets that are coming in under that hashtag. those are some of the items available at our debate hub, c- span.org. lot to do in the dashboard inside our campaign hub. mitt romney talked about tax cuts at the debate and here he is. [video clip]
the country. >> we're back to denver, the site of tonight's first presidential debate between president obama and mitt romney. earlier tonight our commentator, lawrence o'donnell talked with rob portman who played president obama during the romney's debate prep. >> senator portman, you played president obama in the debate prep sessions with governor romney. what were you surprised by president obama's performance tonight? did he do what you were doing in the debate prep? >> i thought he seemed a little uncomfortable, to be honest. i think as president you're not used to getting asked questions whether it's by jim lehrer or lawrence o'donnell. i think the next debate, the town hall format the president will do a good job. this was the first debate and i thought governor romney clearly laid out the different -- the okay candidates and importantly for you were decided voters ohio and elsewhere, what he will do differently. this is only the first of three debates. another one coming up in a couple weeks and then one after that, so, we'll see what happens. i think tonight the dynamic of the race c
yond this debate, what is next for both men now, karen? >> president obama will be back here in just a couple hours. an event here this morning at university of denver. before he head to wisconsin for an event in madison. that's expected to be a large crowd, college campus, possibly over 10,000 people. mitt romney heading to virginia today, outside charlottesville. smaller event, smaller town. rob, paula, now talking about the debate for a couple days. then all about vps, paul ryan and joe biden, debate next week and see where the debate conversation goes. that is certainly going to be maybe more interesting than tonight's was. >> expect a little more fire from the vps. >> little bit. >> little more entertaining. thank you, care ken. a long day, live for us this morning in denver. thank you again. stay with abc news for indepth debate analysis. senior washington editor rick klein will have political observations here coming up later in this half-hour. >>> president obama hoped to put osama bin laden on trial, that is a cording to a new book out later this month. the book quoting the
% for president obama. 18% felt there was no clear winner. last night's forum in colorado focused mainly on the economy and other domestic issues. that debate took place at the university of denver, colorado being a big swing state in this election, as well. the focus of the debate was the economy. but big bird somehow got into the dialogue there. and, of course, as we mentioned, there were some polls that showed that romney came out ahead of the president on that first debate. bigad shaban joins us live from denver with some highlights from last night. [ pause ] >> reporter: good morning. it seems mitt romney may have got the boost he was hoping for after putting the president on the defensive all night. romney you wanted to his own successes as massachusetts governor but highlighted what he called the failed promises of the obama administration. >>> reporter: the first presidential debate started with a handshake and a romantic moment. >> 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniver
denver undecided voters, what they thought of barak obama. show of hands. how many of you voted for john mccain in 2008? okay. minority of you. how many thought mitt romney won this debate in 2012, raise your hands? almost all of you. so give me a word or phrase to describe romney's performance today. >> showmanship, stage craft. >> noncommittal. >> principled. >> articulate and command of the facts. >> clearly passionate and definitive. >> mostly shallow. >> determined. >> articulate and energetic. >> passion and vibrant. >> demonstrated experience. >> in control. >> determined and optimistic. >> prepared and passionate. >> i thought insincere. >> well coached and prepared. >> vague and as usual. >> leadership. >> direct. >> knowledgeable, yet defensive. >> confident. >> political and nonspecific. >> decisive. >> energized. >> passionate with truth. >> what's the number one issue facing denver and colorado -- who here thinks it's jobs? okay. there is one moment when mitt romney looked at barak obama and said, you shouldn't be focusing on other issues. his priority is jobs. here is one o
cross. your trash can. lawsuit, baby. >>> before we get to all of that. president obama's most ardent supporters admit he turned in a lackluster debate performance last night. >> and now we'll see if mitt romney can capitalize on his strong showing. abc's karen travers live in denver where the debates took place. >> reporter: good morning. there were missed opportunities for president obama and mitt romney. wonky debate, in-depth policy talk. mitt romney came out very aggressive, very prepared, and put president obama on defense for most of the 90 minutes. president obama and mitt romney finally went head-to-head, right out of the gate, the candidates boiled down their economic arguments. >> governor romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes, skewed toward the wealthy and roll back regulations that we'll be better off. i've got a different view. >> the president has a silar to the view he had whe rn an four years ago. if you will, trickle down government would work. that's not the right answer for america. >> reporter: romney's comments about the 47% have taken a toll on his
in the 2012 campaign. president barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney just 56 hours away from the first debate taking place at the university of denver. it is the same city that hosted the 2008 democratic convention. same state that president obama went on to win four years ago. it's going to be the first time that these two are going to share the same stage, and they're going to tackle domestic policy. that's going to happen for 90 minutes. of course, the stakes very high. especially for romney now. he is trailing in key states that could decide this election. cnn's candy crowley is saying that they're great expectations, even while both sides are trying to lower them. >> reporter: apparently romney supporter and republican governor chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night is the restart of this campaign, and i think you're going to see those numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> reporter: note to governor christie. no, no, no, no. sop for predebate chatter is to lower expectations for your guy by raising expectations for the other die
. >> thank you very much for this opportunity. thank you, governor romney and the university of denver. 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. i want to wish you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now, we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. four years ago, we went through the worst financial crisis since the great depression. millions of jobs were lost. the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. the financial system froze up. because of the resilience and the determination of the american people, we have begun to fight our way back. we have seen five million jobs in the private sector created. the auto industry has come back. housing has begun to rise. we have a lot of work to do. the question here is not where we have been but where we are going. governor romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes, skew toward the wealthy, and roll back regulations, we will be better off. i have a different view. we have to invest in education and training. it is important to develop new sources of oil
installed seat locking mechanism. moving on. from the wall street journal, borrowing from the obama campaign that mitt romney has an identical twin. whoever that guy representing the gop ticket was in denver has just given united states a real presidential election at last. that was the first line from a column this morning. dan joins us now. you stayed up all the way to the night. i know you did. you were not expecting that, were you? >> stuart, no one was expecting that. no one would have predicted that outcome. that was off the charts. now, i think, we have an election and a new baseline set for the new campaign. stuart: was it a pivotal point, not just in the polls, but the entire campaign? >> it is a turning point. romney, whatever happened to obama, romney did set down a new set of arguments. he talked especially well about economic growth in the relationship to growth and spending. he said you could do three things to growth. cut spending, raise taxes or you could get more employment in which people pay taxes to reduce the deficit. at least he is putting down a real argument. he did t
the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs newshour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between president barack obama the democratic nominee and former massachusetts governor romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the next three-- two presidential, one vice presidential-- are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15-minute segments with two-minute answers for the first question. then open discussion for the remainder of each segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on segment subjects or questions via the internet and other means but i made the final selections and, for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments, as i announced in advance, will be three on the economy and one each on health care, the roll of government, and governing. with an emphasis throughout on differences, specifics and choices
got the upper hand on president obama. >> the candidate traded views on the economy and domestic issues and jan crawford is at the site of last night's debate in denver. >> reporter: good morning. all you had to do was look at romney's advisers after the debate last night, their smiles told it all. they knew romney did what he needed to do. here's this morning's "denver post" saying it too. romney may have changed the dynamics of this race. >> under the president's policies middle income americans have been buried. they are being crushed. >> reporter: it was an energized mitt romney taking direct aim at the president's economic policies and offering a different approach. >> we know the path we're taking is not work, it's time for a new path. >> reporter: romney came into the night where most voters thought the president would win. but in 90 minutes he clearly exceeded expectations. a 2-1 margin romney had won. 56% said their opinion of romney changed for the better yet 13% said that about the president. romney was especially effective in criticizing the president's policies. aggr
in denver. mr. romney struck centrist sounding positions on government regulation, education and most notably, health care. >> if obama care is repealed, how would you replace it? >> actually, it's a lengthy description but number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. >> pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. keeping them honest, that assurance is misleading and a short time later, a top campaign adviser had to clarify what his boss actually meant. under mr. romney's plan, he said, pre-existing conditions would only be covered for people who already have insurance to begin with, but are changing jobs and therefore, health insurance plans. that's not who most people think of when it comes to pre-existing conditions. ironically, the health care reform law mitt romney signed as governor and remains in effect today in massachusetts does mandate coverage for anyone with pre-existing conditions, whether they already have health insurance or not. a bit later in the program, we will talk about one of the few moments that mr. romney failed to strike a tone of mode
, 1.5 million. stand by. >> good evening. >> the first faceoff between president obama and governor mitt romney about to start in just seconds. right here live inside the debate hall, at the university of denver. welcome, everyone. i'm megyn kelly. >> i'm bret baier. this is the first of three debates. 50 million people are expected to watch what will likely shape the race in the next few days. >> let's bring in chris wallace. we are told the oddsience is evenly divided among committees, republicans and university students. they have been asked to keep quiet. but what can we expect on the stage tonight? >> reporter: i talked to top officials from both campaigns today, and it seems clear there will be two battles. one over the state of the economy, right now, obama is going to say that he has made a lot of progress, but he is going to ask for more time to finish the job. the romney camp says that this is where their guy is going to be very tough on obama's record in the economy over the last four years. he will say, barack obama made a lot of promises in 2008. he hasn't kept those pr
received we begin with steve handelsman in denver. >> reporter: jessica, thanks. here in denver tonight, mitt romney knew he had to bring his a-game. most of those who watched figured that's what he did. the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turnaround tonight. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator tjim hehrer asked, can you put more people to work. >> he would cut regulations and taxes on small businesses. >> my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he has been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others 'expense. >> the average mittedle class family would pay about $2,000 more. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> it's not possible to coming up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high-income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math
. thank you, governor romney, and the university of denver. 20 years ago i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. i want to wish you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. four years ago, we went through the worst financial crisis since the great depression. millions of jobs were lost. the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. the financial system froze up. because of the resilience in the termination of the american people, we have begun to fight our way back. we have seen hide million jobs in the private sector created. the auto industry has come back. housing has begun to rise. we have a lot of work to do. the question here is not where we have been but where we are going. governor romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes skew toward the wealthy and roll back regulations we will be better off. i have a different view. we have to invest in education and training. it is important to develop new sources of and in america, change our tax code to help sma
the corp rate rate from 35% to 25%. >> clearly at that stage mr. obama should have turned to him and said you are not telling the american people the truth. just as he did today in denver when he said he wasn't telling the truth. he should have looked him in the eye and said mitt romney, you are not telling the american people the truth. and then proceed to walk through as clinton would have done the mathematics to prove it. i don't think romney would have been smart enough to figure out how to get out of that hit, but obama ignored that opportunity and i think that's a mistake. joan, you're correct. he will everywhere he goes, he will save the day and correct what he didn't do last night, but 58 million people will not be able to be contacted in time for him to make that correction. >> well, joan, last night romney made another surprising state on his health care plan this time. let's take a look at the latest variation on a theme which is i'm not as bad as i am. let's watch it. >> let's get the governor explain what you would do it obama care is repealed. how would you replace it? >> ac
to denver and go to two npr reporters, scott horsily, has the reporting from president obama's campaign, and ari shapiro has been traveling with mitt romney. hi, guys. ari shapiro, did your guy do what he came to do tonight? >> well, mitt romney had to stand on the stage and look presidential and a plausible alternative to president obama. he certainly cleared that bar. i think in many people's thought he went beyond, control the stage, giving memorable lines and standing up to the president, and occasionally the moderator in kind of an aggressive way. >> woodruff: scott what, about the president? you've been out on the trail listening to him. what differences? what similarities did you see tonight? >> well, he was really trying to get mitt romney to give some specifics about what het would mean for his tax pran. what would his changes to dodd-frank mean? what would his repeal of obamacare mean? he didn't hear the specifics. and i think the memorable line from president obama is, is romney keeping these details quiet because they're too good for the middle class? >> woodruff: are you--
in america. it may have been short on fireworks but definitely long on detail. president obama and mitt romney meeting for their very first debate in denver. if you look at cnn's polling, viewers thought the winner was crystal clear. >> yeah, 67% of debate watchers surveyed thought romney ran away with it. >> we're going to bring in a democratic strategist, former employee in the clinton administration. great to have you here. dana bash is back us with. and anna navarro, a republican strategist that worked with john mccain and now a cnn contributor. we're glad you're all with us this morning. richard, you know, we have you here this morning on a day -- >> so good to be here this morning. >> a challenging day for the democrats. you saw the debate. you saw what our polls are saying this morning. >> there was a debate last night? >> yeah. >> did the president lose this? >> you know, i think luckily for me this morning history tells us that we don't know really who won or lost in terms of where it moved -- if it moved any votes until many days later. these things have to set in. but clearly
much debate between the republican candidate mitt romney and president obama -- we will open up the debate and expand the debate as we so often do on "democracy now, "to a third party candidates. we will be in denver, to and we will have third-party candidates responding to the same questions being put to mitt romney and president obama. we will broadcast democracy now.org and on radio as well. you raised the issue of the critical vote as we traveled through pennsylvania. a whole issue of voter suppression and having been in charlotte, a great civil-rights city, where the students from the historical black college in 1960 set up a lunch counter in to grant them and yet, what do we see today? state after state, efforts to suppress voting rights instead of expanding them. not enough people vote in this country. in pennsylvania, there is legislation now on the books that could disenfranchise between 750,000-1 million people. president obama won by 600,000 boats in pennsylvania last time. this really does determine the election. i don't care who you are for. this will determine the
the upper hand on president obama. >> the candidates traded views on the economy, domestic issues and jan crawford is at the site of last night's debate in denver. jan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norahad h and charlie and to our viewers in the west. this is the only presidential debate out here in the west. mitt romney last night owned it. if you have any doubt, look at this morning's denver post of the swing state here, colorado, saying he may have changed the dynamics of this race. >> under the president's policies, middle income americans have been buried. they're just being crushed. >> it was an energized mitt romney taking direct aim at the president's economic policies and offering a sharply different approach. >> we know that the path we're taking is not working. it's time for a new path. >> romney came into the night with polls showing most voters thought the president would win. he clearly exceeded expectations. cbs news poll of uncommitted voters shows by a 2-1 margin, romney had won. 56% said their opinion of romney changed for the better. yet 13% said that of the
this morning in denver. thank you again. stay with abc news for indepth debate analysis. senior washington editor rick klein will have political observations here coming up later in this half-hour. >>> president obama hoped to put osama bin laden on trial, that is a cording to a new book out later this month. the book quoting the president saying, mr. obama thought he would be in a strong enough political position after bin laden's capture to put bin laden on trial in the u.s. if bin laden survived the navy seal takedown. the president expecting bin laden going down fighting the book "the finish" on sale in 12 days. >>> the administration says there is evidence that stiff economic sanctions against iran are working. iranians protested in the streets of tehran yesterday, voicing anger about iran's plummeting currency and lost more than a third of its value in just a week. so that means it is costing citizens, a lot more to purchase imported goods. >>> american airlines is sweetening its offer as contract talks continue pilots. the carrier offering to put off pay cuts for international and o
was on the campaign trail. large crowds awaited both candidates actually on the trail. president obama greeted by some 30,000 supporters in madison, wisconsin, came out ready to fight back finally and showed some of the fire that people were looking for in denver. >> when i got on the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney. because the real mitt romney's been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy, and yet the fellow on the stage last night who looked like mitt romney said he did not know anything about that. but i just want to make sure i got this straight. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street, but he's going to crack down on sesame street. thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird. who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits? >> mika, what were your thoughts about barack obama not being able to deliver a single line like that when he didn't have the teleprompter and yesterday reading what his staff wrote for him so effectively
and the university of denver. 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. i want to wish you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now, we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. four years ago, we went through the worst financial crisis since the great depression. millions of jobs were lost. the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. the financial system froze up. because of the resilience and the determination of the american people, we have begun to fight our way back. we have seen five million jobs in the private sector created. the auto industry has come back. housing has begun to rise. we have a lot of work to do. the question here is not where we have been but where we are going. governor romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes, skew toward the wealthy, and roll back regulations, we will be better off. i have a different view. we have to invest in education and training. it is important to develop new sources of oil in america, change our tax code to help small businesses and companies investing in
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